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Right then, new year, new challenge.

A Proper Century a month for 2012, 12 in 12.

The proposition is as basic as the Metric Century Challenge, just a little harder. You must ride one proper century of 100 of the queen's finest miles a month during 2012. Only single continuous rides of at least 100 miles qualify, not a daily or weekly total of several shorter rides that exceed 100 miles. Tea stops are allowed, nay mandatory.

There will be no prizes as offered in the Metric Century Challenge, just the quiet pride and achievement of having completed 100 cold miserable miles in the rain in February, a lovely proper sweaty century in the height of Summer and then 100 cold miserable miles in the rain in November.

It's all about the challenge, the only reward is having done it, and the fear of the chorus of not angry, just disappointed tutting from those you told you were doing this.

Sign up and tell tales of monthly struggle and joy below.

 

 

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Bez [599 posts] 4 years ago
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Well I suppose I'm obliged to throw my nice white Rouleur cap into the ring, aren't I?  1

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VecchioJo [397 posts] 4 years ago
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well, as it's your idea i wouldn't want you to fall at the first hurdle  1

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themartincox [514 posts] 4 years ago
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It seems a little easy to me to be honest - I am in training for lands-end to john o'groats and back and that means at least 1 century every week, stepping up to 5 a week as the events draws closer!

I say make it a 1 per week, there's a challenge!

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giff77 [1256 posts] 4 years ago
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Damn, why do you make things so tempting Vecchio? The glory instead of the prize!! Off to do a few route planners!!

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robert.brady [155 posts] 4 years ago
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I'm up for it. Never yet done a century (90 miles my current best) but I want to ramp up the mileage this year so it'll be a motivator.

Rob

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Izaak30 [132 posts] 4 years ago
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I'm in. But not til next year. Is that ok?  20

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Trek Sal [52 posts] 4 years ago
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hmm, even though I'm barely capable of riding half that far, am strangely tempted to give it a shot. (wondering who I could find to join me and jolly me along - or pull me on a bungee - when collapse and weep at the roadside...)

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Dean [5 posts] 4 years ago
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Of course.

Which hedge are the pork pies hidden under?

:^)

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andyp [1460 posts] 4 years ago
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100 of the Queen's miles...do the feed stops serve swan?

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Blackhound [442 posts] 4 years ago
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I had wondered about doing the Audax RRTY which is 200km once a month - I started in December. Doubt I am well enough organised to keep that up so this might suit me better.

Need to get over this cold that means I am yet to ride this year first though.

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themartincox [514 posts] 4 years ago
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for those that havent done a century before it really does sound a great deal worse than it is.

I only started cycling about 3 months ago now after a 17 year lay-off.

with some solid consistant riding I did my first century after about 8 weeks ( it helped that I took a wrong turn and did 20 miles more than I planned that night!) my arm was aching a little from a 10 mile incline and I was tired but it really wasnt as bad as I thought it would be.

I went out last week up to the peak district and did 120 miles with about 3 miles of climbing involved and a lot of rain and its just such an enjoyable way to spend 8 hours! ( i dont stop for coffee or cake!)

If you havent done your first century yet then load your pockets up as soon as the weather abates and just climb aboard your steed, and just enjoy a full days adventure

for your first one, just aim for the flattish areas!

enjoy

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mr-andrew [300 posts] 4 years ago
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I think I'm in. Sounds a bit nerve wracking actually...

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giff77 [1256 posts] 4 years ago
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@ vecchio - is there a limit on tea breaks and frequency  3 will need to dig out my old computer as some trips involve the ferry LOL!

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spiderweb34 [21 posts] 4 years ago
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I'm in too. I presume we're supposed to keep track of them in this thread?

January turned out to be a bit spikier than planned!

January - http://connect.garmin.com/activity/139330378

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VecchioJo [397 posts] 4 years ago
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January - done

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Blackhound [442 posts] 4 years ago
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Did mine today. Had a cold, got a couple of short rides in before a mtb weekend then picked up an injury 30 seconds into a run. Another week off1 So did 103 miles today. Was slow for most of it and only picked up on last 40km.

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GavinT [78 posts] 4 years ago
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Bez [599 posts] 4 years ago
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Well, seeing as I'm partly responsible for this, I somehow felt obliged to deliver slightly more than strictly required.

So, a metric double.

At night.

http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/ko5drSoco8M

And, if you care to derive some pleasure at my expense, it was fairly miserable. Hadn't had enough sleep in the preceding week; and the cold, damp air took its toll as well. Suffice it to say that it was rather a taller order than happily doing similar distances last summer.

It was also a trial run for a lengthy ride in the dark, and a solo ride spending hours on end staring at a patch of rolling tarmac does, it transpires, send you slightly mad.

Anyway, in the final count it was 127 miles and 2500m of climbing - it just would have been more enjoyable had I not been so cold and tired. But hey. That's January  1

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Bez [599 posts] 4 years ago
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What's cooking for February, then? Over halfway through the month and no-one's flopped one out...? (Me? Next week, since you asked.)

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VecchioJo [397 posts] 4 years ago
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i've had the snuffles since the start of the month, desperately trying to get the legs/lungs up to speed before squeaking one out last minute, that extra day might come in useful

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giff77 [1256 posts] 4 years ago
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January was a strike out due to a hairline fracture in elbow  2 more or less healed up. Aiming for an imperial c before month end. Fingures crossed that it works out  1

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triplettravel [25 posts] 4 years ago
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Well I'm in and already regretting it. January is done:

http://www.sports-tracker.com/#/workout/triplettravel/1509fj14n6j422i4

107 miles and since my rules say I can't ride my summer bike in winter this was on my commuter with dynamo and saddle bag. I can feel the rules slipping in February if there is a dry day for the next one. At least I saw no time limit for it so my 7 hours 35 minutes can be ignored.

February done:

http://www.sports-tracker.com/#/workout/triplettravel/fhhl6nf6cfb0dmi0

Not a bad route, only took one wrong turn, well missed a turn as we wer having too much fun going down hill to Goring. Again not fast but there are no prizes for speed and I kept to my no summer bike rule. This time riding my ancient Pearson Tourer. 12 speed when 12 speed meant 6 on the back and 2 on the front. I'm sure I used to be able to handle the friction shifters better but it was still good. Thankful of the mudguards at the end when the heavens opened.

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Blackhound [442 posts] 4 years ago
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Got my February score in today, so that's two done.

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Bez [599 posts] 4 years ago
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February done - from Guildford to Lewes and then up to Look Mum No Hands for The Ride Journal's issue 6 launch. 105 miles, so only just enough, but enough.

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GavinT [78 posts] 4 years ago
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February done:
http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/39580949

110 miles - similar to my January loop but with some nice backroad diversions lead by Jo. Unseasonally warm day for Feb - was sweating in my full length tights until the sun began to set.

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VecchioJo [397 posts] 4 years ago
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as GavinTs post, but a bit more at 115 miles to get to his house and back.

lovely day for it, first ride of the season in 3/4s, over-socks not shoes and "Not Winter" tops

slightly spoilt by agonising stomach/kidney pain for the last 40 miles or so, but i MTFUed and ground my teeth down, just like Tyler and his broken bone, but a bit more middle-aged and trapped wind

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Bez [599 posts] 4 years ago
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You certainly picked the best day for it. I was happy enough with just seeing daylight  1

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GavinT [78 posts] 4 years ago
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Note for next time - one bottle PSP, one bottle gripe water.  1

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Blackhound [442 posts] 4 years ago
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March done. Moving house in a little over a week so thought I had better do it now. 103 miles.

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triplettravel [25 posts] 4 years ago
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March done. 117 miles due to a navigation error resulting in an extra hill and ~ 8 miles.

http://www.sports-tracker.com/#/workout/triplettravel/c4a37edd911cnfq2

Fantastic day for it.

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